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Company Website: EstoniaPiano.com 
Owner: Laul Estonia Piano Factory Ltd. 
Country of Origin: Tallinn, Estonia
Year Established: 1950
Related Brands: Bechstein Academy, Mason & Hamlin, Schimmel Classic

Warranty: 10 years parts and labour, applicable to the original purchaser only

Estonia Pianos

HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

Despite the official opening of the Estonia piano factory in 1950, Estonia’s history really begins in 1893, when piano builder Ernst Hiis formed his own company and began producing pianos in the small Eastern-European country of Estonia. After building pianos for several other companies over the next 50 odd years, virtually every piano factory in Estonia was destroyed during WWII and the ensuing occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union. In 1950, at the behest of Joseph Stalin, the Tallinn Piano Factory was established under the direction of Ernst Hiis to provide pianos for the Soviet Union. The pianos they produced would be called Estonia; thus the brand was established.

A state-owned Estonian company from 1950 until 1990, the quality of Estonia would gradually decline, especially after the death of Ernst Hiis in 1964. After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the company found itself in dire straits with major inconsistencies in regards to quality, but privatization and a gradual takeover by Julliard graduate Indrek Laul would ultimately save the company and set it on the path to prosperity.

After improving on the consistency issues by the early 2000s, Laul would oversee a plethora of design and construction improvements resulting in quality levels on par with handmade Japanese pianos, and select German brands. Today, Estonia produces 5 sizes of grand pianos, with the majority of sales occurring in the United States and Canada. Grand pianos range from the 5’6” L168, up to the 9’ L274 concert grand.

Estonia grand pianos utilize high quality European components, such as Renner actions and hammers, Austrian solid white spruce soundboards, and laminated hardwood rims of birch. Design improvements over the last several years have focused on creating an all-around more resonant structure, a philosophy shared with the finest European piano manufacturers.

Once viewed as a hidden gem, Estonia’s reputation continues to grow as a high quality, high-value option, and with that, so does their popularity. 

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ESTONIA MODELS & PRICE

MODELSIZEDESCRIPTIONMSRP (USD)
ESTONIA GRANDS
L1685’6″Satin and Polished Ebony$43,800
L1685’6″Satin and Polished Mahogany/Walnut$47,380
L1685’6″Polished Kewazinga Bubinga$51,395
L1685’6″Polished Pyramid Mahogany$56,873
L1685’6″Hidden Beauty Polished Ebony w/Bubinga$48,473
L1685’6″Satin and Polished White$49,880
L1906’3″Satin and Polished Ebony$53,789
L1906’3″Satin and Polished Mahogany/Walnut$57,298
L1906’3″Polished Pyramid Mahogany$68,400
L1906’3″Polished Santos Rosewood$68,400
L1906’3″Polished Kewazinga Bubinga$61,688
L1906’3″Hidden Beauty Polished Ebony w/Bubinga$56,570
L2106’10”Satin and Polished Ebony$63,300
L2106’10”Satin and Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White$69,630
L2106’10”Polished Pyramid Mahogany$79,125
L2106’10”Polished Kewazinga Bubinga$74,700
L2106’10”Hidden Beauty Polished Ebony w/Bubinga$67,230
L2257’4″Satin and Polished Ebony$79,689
L2257’4″Satin and Polished Mahogany/Walnut/White$85,727
L2257’4″Polished Pyramid Mahogany$95,156
L2257’4″Polished Kewazinga Bubinga$86,100
L2257’4″Hidden Beauty Polished Ebony w/Bubinga$84,635
L2749’0″Satin and Polished Ebony$127,140
L2749’0″Satin and Polished Mahogany/Walnut$139,430
L2749’0″Polished Pyramid Mahogany$144,254
L2749’0″Satin and Polished White$131,177

ESTONIA PIANO SERIAL NUMBERS

DATE OF MANUFACTURESERIAL NUMBER
1960 – 1970211 – 1115
1970 -19801115 – 2858
1980 – 19902858 – 4724
1990 – 20004724 – 5609
2003 – Present5994+

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